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Vogt's Notes: Nominate a deserving Pequot Lakes area citizen, business

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I'm not sure if anyone noticed, but the Echo Journal didn't announce a Pequot Lakes area Citizen of the Year at the end of 2018.

That's because we now plan to bestow the honor in July, to coincide with the Pequot Lakes Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year and Pequot Lakes Community Action Volunteers of the Year announcements.

It'll all take place Tuesday evening, July 16, at the Bean Hole Days community picnic and lowering of the beans ceremony in Trailside Park.

Now all we need are some nominations.

Surely you know an area resident who deserves to be honored for his or her contributions to the greater Pequot Lakes area in the past year. Surely you know someone who goes above and beyond to make the community a better place - someone who volunteers tirelessly for the betterment of the area without giving it another thought.

Take time now to submit that nomination for the 2019 Citizen of the Year award. Nominees can be full-time or seasonal residents of the greater Pequot Lakes area. That includes Breezy Point, Jenkins, Ideal Township and other surrounding townships. They do not have to be chamber members or business owners. This award is open to all ages.

To nominate someone, simply list his or her name, address and phone number, along with his or her community contributions and achievements, community volunteer work and any organization memberships.

Also include the name and phone number of the person submitting the nomination.

Look for a nomination form in the next few issues of the Echo Journal and Echoland Piper Shopper.

Submit that information by noon Friday, June 21, in one of the following ways: email it to; drop it off at the Echo Journal office in Pequot Lakes (there is a drop box outside the door if we aren't at the office when you stop by); or mail it to Echo Journal, Attention Nancy, P.O. Box 974, Brainerd, MN 56401.

For more information, call me at 218-855-5877 and leave a message. I'll get back to you.

The Echo Journal sponsors the Citizen of the Year award and will provide an engraved plaque for the winner.

Business of the Year

The Pequot Lakes Chamber is looking for nominations for a Business of the Year. Merritt Jewelers won the inaugural award last year.

Eligible businesses must be located in the Pequot Lakes, Breezy Point or Jenkins area and must be a chamber member. Businesses can nominate themselves; or businesses, organizations and individuals can nominate businesses for the award.

Individual leaders or employees; charities and community organizations; schools; government units or agencies; religious organizations and associations are not eligible.

The Business of the Year Award will shine the spotlight on a Pequot Lakes Chamber member who displays excellence in leadership in the marketplace and in the community.

Download an application from the chamber website at or pick up one or more at the chamber office. Email completed applications to Katie Wassermann at, or drop the application at the chamber office by Saturday, June 1.

For more information, call Wassermann at 218-568-8911.

As we look forward to receiving some great nominations, I'd also like to say congratulations to area citizens who recently received similar accolades: Nisswa Citizen of the Year Bill Mattson, Pequot Lakes Teacher of the Year Kathy Saxvold and Pine River Chamber Distinguished Award winner Janice Gardiner.

If you missed their stories, find them at